As president of West Herr Automotive Group, Scott Bieler leads one of the largest auto dealer groups in the nation, familiar for its high-volume car and truck sales throughout Western New York.
Bieler joined West Herr as a salesman in 1975 and climbed the ranks, becoming president in 1997, and majority owner in 2000.
While he leads a high-profile dealer group, the extensive scope of his charitable work is less well-known.
Bieler spearheaded a campaign that raised $25 million for Roswell Park Cancer Institute’s Clinical Sciences Center. He also joined the “Circle of 10” families that each contributed $1 million to the campaign. He is a past winner of Roswell Park’s Katherine Anne Gioia Award for volunteer leadership.
“As someone who cares deeply about my business, my employees and about Western New York, I am proud to support Roswell Park,” Bieler said a few years ago.
Last year, Bieler committed a $300,000 donation to Erie Community College under a naming-rights agreement for West Herr. ECC will put the donation toward plans to build a $30 million science and technology building on its North Campus. Bieler is a 1974 ECC alumnus.
He has also played a role in the annual Ford Friendship Express program, which donates vans to local non-profits. Since launching in 1996, the program has donated more than 70 vans and attracts numerous applications each year.
Bieler also serves on the boards of the Buffalo Zoo, the Buffalo Niagara Partnership and the Daemen College Community Advisory Board. In May, the Canisius College Board of Regents will honor him with its 2015 Distinguished Citizen award.
“We take our community role very seriously and we are committed to giving back to the community that has supported us,” Bieler said when he received a dealer award from Ford Motor Co. a few years ago.
– Matt Glynn